New York Times I am certain : Felicia Nimue Ackerman


     Letters To Editor       Sedentary jobs, like that of many academicians, are well reputed to lead to corpulence. Obesity besets many people who “work above the neck” and is NOT always caused by some sort of traumatic childhood event or deficiency in spirituality. Philosophy Prof Ackerman adroitly corroborates this truth in her letter to editor when she seems to be criticizing Judith Moore for perpetuating “this is the only reason” people could be fat views in her book. This is not to diminish, of course, the obesity crisis we have in USA where preteens are being diagnosed with diabetes.


To the Editor:
How refreshing to find someone who acknowledges that “as the ‘obesity
epidemic’ receives endless press . . . fat haters coast under the radar as
do-gooders” (from Jane Stern’s review of “Fat Girl,” by Judith Moore, March
27). But as a former fat person, I would welcome the long-overdue acknowledgment
of another unpopular truth — not every fat person fits the stereotype of coming
from a “miserable” family “that created a hole” in her soul “that she tried
to fill with food.” I came from a happy family. I overate for the deep
psychological reason that fattening foods taste terrific and eating them is
delightful.(Your blunt honesty is endearing professor…thank you!)
Felicia Nimue Ackerman
Providence, R.I.


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